Nature has been the catalyst for my creativity, my benchmark for beauty and the reason I believe in the powerful elegance of a simplified space. My paintings are a broad reflection of that simplified space this world creates. Often, they portray a personal relationship with nature that sometimes we seek when we want to be alone. Whether it’s to be introspective on a lake, to find peace in a boat, to sit in awe of the beauty around you during a sunset, or simply relax in a cabin; my work is meant to represent and portray the intimacy that we all have with the world and natural beauty surrounding us.
The use of the palette knife as my only tool when creating these pieces allows me the ability to provide my rough impression of the moments I capture. The slight ambiguity provides each viewer their own ideas and feelings, allowing them to maintain their personal relationship with nature while viewing glimpses of mine.
As for where these moments come from… Inspiration is all around us, we just need to take the time to see it.
I attended Concordia College in Moorhead MN where I majored in Painting from the late Prof. David Boggs. I now live in Denver Colorado and am a full time creative director for a large creative agency. In the evenings and on the weekends, I step away from the digital space (where my career lives) and find an escape in the analog ways of creativity. I paint exclusively with a 1.25″ palette knife and oil paint on large canvas. I find that the requirement of only palette knife forces me to create almost impressionistic pieces that from a distance have a clarity and refinement – but up close, the energy and pace is shown and demonstrated by the roughness and seemingly frantic strokes.
This is Me.
I’ve always been a creative person. I’ve been doodling for as long as I can remember, Legos were my toy of choice, playing guitar was never about learning other’s songs but creating my own, and now in my adult life – my passions and profession are rooted in the pursuit of creativity.
Now, as for specifics about me, I’m a Creative Director by day for a large consultancy that’s located around the world. I’ve had the great opportunity to work with some very large corporations and help them solve some of their most challenging business and design problems. I’m lucky to work with some very talented people and I find myself constantly pushing to be a better creative.
At nights and on weekends, I am an artist that paints oil landscapes of isolated objects found in nature and in my mind. It’s an escape that gives me pure freedom to get lost in the places my mind takes me.
It all starts in my head. As I’m digesting the requirements, the situation, or idea – my mind is racing. I begin to visualize options and recall past experiences so that I can forge them together to create something unique and my own.
Sometimes it’s as simple as sitting down and sketching things out… other times it takes more iterations and a willingness to let things happen. Whether I’m building a dolly for a video shoot, constructing a closet, creating a design for a mobile interface, or forming a new idea for a painting – transferring my ideas from my head to paper is where it all begins. After that, it’s all about refine and destroy. I try to build things up and get them to a point that gives a clear direction, then I remove the unnecessary and repeat. Above all, I try not to allow myself to be afraid of being wrong.